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10 July 2018: I'm becoming an electric car evangelist

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Current mileage 1725 miles
Claimed range 124 miles
Actual range 155 miles

I was recently at an airport making small talk with a group of motoring journalists. Small talk is something motoring journalists aren't very good at. We stick to what we have in common, which means conversation usually evolves around cars. Which tends to get a bit boring after a while, but that's another story.

Anyway, the conversation turned to the cars we'd driven to the airport. Not only is it a good opportunity to compare notes on the latest test cars, it's also more interesting than talking about the weather.

I said that I was in my electric Volkswagen e-Golf, and instantly one of my peers started with the whole "I couldn't run an electric car" thing. "Until electric cars get a longer range, they won't catch on," he said. It's all stuff I've heard before. Many times.

So I got a little defensive about the e-Golf. If you've been reading my reports, you'll know that I really like the e-Golf. And it fits into my life perfectly.

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Andrew resorted to hanging around electric charging points so he could tell the world how good the Volkswagen e-Golf is...

It's not like I only cover short distances, either. I drive nearly 100 miles a day commuting to the office, and I regularly have to go further afield to drive new cars.

But I'm finding that 160 miles can be eked out of the e-Golf fairly comfortably and, with most of my destinations being in the South East, it's rare that I have to travel further than that. If I do, I can plug it in for a fast charge while I have a coffee.

"I just love an engine," my nemesis said, as he evidently ran out of reasons why the e-Golf wouldn't fit in with his life. You could probably describe me as a 'petrol head' (although I'd rather you didn't), yet I still love driving an electric car day-to-day. The instant torque, the lack of grumbly diesel engine, the not having to visit petrol stations. What's not to like?

The conversation swiftly moved onto a no-deal Brexit. A safer topic.

« Earlier: How does the Volkswagen e-Golf compare to the Nissan Leaf?     Later: What options shouldn't you choose? »

Updates
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10 July 2018: I'm becoming an electric car evangelist
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